Photos: Blazers cooking
LEFT: Goaltender Jordon Cooke of the Kelowna Rockets scrambles to clear the puck with Brendan Ranford (left) of the Kamloops Blazers hot on his tail at Interior Savings Centre on Friday, Feb. 15.
Kamloops downed Kelowna 4-2.
In the rematch, played in the Little Apple on Saturday, Feb. 16, the Blazers skated to a 3-1 victory.
The Portland Winterhawks lead the WHL and the Western Conference with 99 points.
The ‘Hawks are 11 points up on the second-place Rockets.
Kamloops, which is hosting Portland at ISC on Wednesday, Feb. 20, is three points back of Kelowna.
Game time on Wednesday is 7 p.m.
BELOW: Ranford, who notched one goal and three points on Friday, was named the game’s first star.
He was greeted with a hug by former teammate Jordan DePape after leaving the ice.
DePape was in town to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Colin Smith of the Blazers is third in WHL scoring with 93 points, 37 of them goals.
Smith will be featured this week on Beat The Blazer.
The latest episode will be posted on kamloopsthisweek.com by week’s end.
Photos by Allen Douglas/KTW